What I learned in five years of blogging

Five years. Five years of daily blogging. Five years since I decided to never give up, no matter what. To keep writing, to keep blogging, to just keep at it for as long as it took.

And what a ride it has been. Around the world, indeed. 200 or so countries. Lots and lots of people, lots and lots of stories…

I had tried my hand at blogging once before, but gave up after 4 blogs posts and no comments whatsoever. That was the time I also quit writing for the longest period in my life (six months).

But this blog? This thing?

I just kept at it. No matter what.

April 2012. I got close to no response. May 2012? I got a grand total of 500 views. It felt like writing by myself, for myself, but I was enjoying myself quite a lot actually. I was unstoppable for the remainder of the year. I was Freshly Pressed twice, if I recall correctly.

And, frankly, all I did was write. I wrote about what I felt strongly about, I wrote whether I felt like it or not.

Because, this is one of the things I learned along the way: inspiration is going to break up with you at some point. It may not seem like it right now, but if you do this for as long as I have, there are going to be entire months when you just feel like you’re repeating yourself. I suppose it’s got to do with how much of life you experience. If you don’t expand your consciousness, you’ll run out of things to write about.

Another thing I learned? That it takes a lot more time and a lot more effort than you can imagine. You can read all the success stories you want, you can do all the research in the world, you can prepare yourself, invest in your blog, in advertising, it’s not going to be that easy…

I remember when I started making YouTube videos last year. You know, I used to watch a lot of videos, and I thought it wouldn’t be that difficult. I was so, so wrong. You end up acting differently in front of a camera than you imagine inside your head. The same goes for writing, for blogging, for almost anything worth doing in life.

Take time. Give time time to do it’s work.

I don’t consider myself to be naturally talented in any area of life, but I know with absolute certainty one thing: that if you put in the time and the effort, you can become at least somewhat good at anything; anything at all.

That’s the great secret of success, in any endeavor whatsoever.

If you invest the time, you’ll get the results. And you’ll get better.

Obviously, English is not my native language. It didn’t matter.

What I am trying to say is, you’ll be amazed at the things you can do if only you take the time to properly learn them.

Most people, they get disappointed by the lack of results in the beginning and quit. No, no. Perseverance is key.

Was I disappointed by my first months of blogging?

Why, yes, of course.

Did I give up?

You wouldn’t be reading this post if I had.

Success if failing over and over again. In fact, you only fail if you quit.

It’s that simple.

I never bothered with any rules.

I don’t know if it’s good advice or not. I just don’t give a damn if anyone likes my posts or not. I write what I want, when I want, as often as I want. This is my blog. My space. My blank page. And I can create anything I like and do anything I please. That is, after all, one of the reasons I became a writer in the first place. No boundaries other than the ones I choose to create.

Freedom is a scary thing, I suppose. No one to tell you what to do, no work schedule, no boss…

It’s just up to you.

You can have all the time in the world, all the resources, the technology, the people around you to support you, but if you don’t have the mental fortitude to be resilient in the face of disappointment, it will all be worthless. And you will give up.

I spent months blogging from a smartphone. I wrote on paper and went to a friend and copied that and posted it.

No one ever bothered to encourage me. To support me.

People often told me to quit. To get a proper job. To keep this whole writing thing as a hobby, as a pastime.

What they were telling was that it was impossible. A scrawny Romanian kid couldn’t become a writer.

I just didn’t listen.

Didn’t want to.

I’d get angry, and I’d just keep doing my thing.

That’s it, guys. It’s been one hell of a journey so far. And I am sure it’s only going to get better.

Thank you all sticking with me.

***

Guys, I am excited to announce the Journey: A No-Bullshit Guide to Blogging.

I do not like the term “guide” but I had to use it in my title. What I do like to tell you is this: the book is helpful. I put a lot of effort into giving you “no-bullshit” advice. What I mean by that? Stuff that I know works. Common sense that may not be so common. Insights and inspiration. The right kind of mindset. Developing the habit.

Launch date? The first of September.

Special offer: those of you who pre-order the book will receive a free criticism of your blog.

The Journey: A No-Bullshit Guide to Blogging, only $4.99 on my e-store here.

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417 thoughts on “What I learned in five years of blogging

  1. Ahh, I am not alone! Our perseverance will always pay off. In a world filled with instant gratification, we often forget that the greatest works of art were a project of a culmination of a thousand failures. I too have felt like giving up blogging, but it has become too important to me. Great post, thanks!

    • People just don’t like the sound of it. Perseverance = hard work. A frustrating amount of hard work. They want to believe in other stuff, like talent or luck or having the right connections… they’d much rather believe in anything else than the fact that you just have to do it and do it and do it and do it until the job gets done.

      • We make our own luck. The situations that challenge us create the inspiration and impetus for us to keep going. I think that’s called hope. Writing about it connects us to other minds and perspectives. Great Cristian. I always say, persistence is the only success story worth talking about. I dont have a blog but I do things and write about things that would probably make a blog. It’s just wonderful to meet other minds in other places and situations that make me feel less isolated in the solitude of which I have so much, among so few of others who might understand what that is like.

  2. Thank you so much for writing this article!This was exactly what I needed to hear right now.When I read this article, it felt as though this was addressed at me and I believe I can vouch for many others who would have felt the same.May you keep inspiring many more souls out there.Keep up the good work!👍

  3. I can relate with you. I also write for myself. I used to write but I never showed it to anyone untill one day when accidentally my friend saw my diary he insisted me to write in a social platform. I have just joined blogging and there is nothing beautiful than pursuing your hobby without any expectations of getting praised by someone. It feels good to get praised though 😀
    Please don’t stop writing I love your posts ☺️

  4. I started blogging very recently 😊 your post inspires me, looking forward to learn and write more ☺️ lucky me, people like you sharing their experiences and showing the path ahead of me. Thank you 😊

  5. I tried giving up on writing multiple times over the past couple years, but I always came back to it regardless. This is so inspirational, and it’s given me a little push to keep editing my book and never give up searching for an agent or anything.

  6. Good posting. So true. The weight room is the same way. The metal does not lie. You either lift it or you don’t. You can’t fake gains or getting in shape. The same goes for blogs. You can’t fake getting followers and likes. People either like what you have to say or they don’t. Totally agree with you about the freedom. I am the same way. I’m writing for me. If someone else likes what I’ve done–terrific. If not, I could care less. I really just enjoy the practice of thinking, solidifying my thoughts, and putting them to the page.

  7. “inspiration is going to break up with you at some point”. Sometimes you have to decide what you want is bigger than perceived notions of the right artistic process. Congratulations on writing for five years, I hope I’m still going even when it feels easier to stop.

  8. Reading every comment above, you already know how much your words have impacted your audience. Thank you for being an inspiration, especially since I am currently in those first few months of scratching the walls. After all, “Build it and they will come.”

  9. Great post. I do agree. Blogging is not easy, but we can complete our journey as bloggers by being ourselves. It is our blank page and we post what comes from the heart. This is our public diary. Everyone is welcomed to visit and follow. We learn from each other.

  10. Exactly what I needed to read right now. Doing this for 5 yrs straight has to be tough at times. It’s true, it’s harder than anyone realizes. I hope to be writing as long as you. Great work!

  11. Isn’t it all fundamentally boiled down to our intentions, you reap what you saw indeed. The way we can enhance or destroy is the duality of any given power in the world. The most powerful of all is speech or in this case to communicate. Maybe that’s why separates humanity today from the Vikings for they didn’t have speech but other elements better in use. We have mastered how to speak but what we speak is not always well thought, intention blooms the flower(s)/thought(s).

  12. Wow! This is exactly what I needed to hear. Was having some doubts about my writing and this really convinced me to just stick with it. Thanks!

  13. Loved it, have so many questions with you:

    1) How one comes in Freshly pressed.

    2) How you develop your consciousness.

    3) How you monetise your blog? If you don’t mind telling us.

    4) Love your inspiration part, I started this blog in 2010 posted hardly 5 blog till March this year. And now I gave time like you said, the results I am getting what you said.

    You give time to get time, it’s like 10 minutes = 0.1 minute of the reader.

    Love you dear :)

  14. Ohh wow, this is very inspirational and encouraging….I feel the same as you felt in the beginning of your career….I am also not an native English speaker and feel like I have no talents but I like writing even though I am a terrible speller and not good at it. But your post is very inspirational. I will just keep being persistent and who knows maybe it will be payed off in the future. In the mean time, writing is a away to keep me sane through it all.

  15. What a great article! I’m going to archive it (along with a few others that you’ve written) to inspire me when I have one of those days when I’m just so tired of trying so hard and feeling like I’m not getting anywhere. It helps to know that other people are going through what you’re going through, and we need every bit of encouragement when sometimes we’re too tired to be cheerleaders and the trolls are getting on our nerves! ; – ) Thank you!

  16. Its awesome advice. I resumed blogging only three months back after taking a whooping 6/7 years break. And slowly i am becoming disappointed too! But now i wont o will just try harder
    Thankyou for these kind words

  17. this one inspire me dude.. i just started my blog and I decide to keep moving no matter what
    i love blogging and also creating vlogs in my youtube channel :-).. Best wishes for you dude.. More blessings to you

  18. Totally amazing.. Its really all about hardwork.
    You’ve achieved so much and would love to interview you, to inspire new bloggers like myself what it really takes. What do you think?

  19. Do you know, I needed that! I’ve been struggling with this blog and as you can see I’ve still only got a handful of followers. It is like writing for yourself but I’m going to stick with it and you never know it might go somewhere (then again, it might not 😁) Thank you

  20. Thank you for this! It was something I really needed to see. I just started my blog about week or so ago and it has been one heck of a journey and I’ve already found some disappointment because I didn’t immediately get followers. It is a slow process but just within a week I got 5 followers! So I guess I should be grateful for that.

  21. In July, I’ll have been blogging on WordPress for two years, which is still mind boggling to me. But your right. You can’t succeed if you give up. So there’s going to be no giving up for me, that’s for sure.

  22. I started blogging in September 2016 and it’s been quite an interesting but challenging experience. I struggled with procrastination, being consistent and feeling alone. I try not to write for ‘likes’ but its nice to know that your words touched somebody’s heart. xxx

  23. As I was reading I could relate to most every word you wrote and to most of the many comments. My blog has only been running for two years but I have a lot to learn after seeing your work. Thank you for the posting and the inspiration.

  24. I really like to appreciate you for being so positive, and believing just in yourself. This is incredible and I really wants to say this, it is nice meeting you. Thanks!! Have a Great Day.
    My Native language is also not English.

  25. Very positive and inspirational. Good for you, dude! Incredible that you can do all this and do it well, in a language other than your native one. Truly amazing! Gotta follow you! 🙂

  26. I’m a new WordPress blogger and started with the encouragement from my school. I’m 52 years old and “just” starting out as a writer. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. I’ve been writing since I was a young girl but decided that it was now or never to follow my dream. I’ll be graduating from Southern New Hampshire University next year. I love to write about anything and everything. I’ll never stop writing. As you said, it doesn’t matter who likes it or not; it’s my writing–my rules where the blog is concerned.
    Excellent post!

  27. I couldn’t have read this post at a better time; having only written two posts so far I was uncertain whether I should be following any particular rules and felt nervous in case I accidentally broke some big blogging taboo. Really inspirational and I hope more new bloggers read this.

  28. You are an angel, Christian.I am about to give up on blogging,[too early I know for someone who’ve just started] but this, your blog post has lifted my spirit. Thank you,
    Christian!!!!

  29. Oh, how tempting it is to give up sometimes. But I keep plugging away. I know exactly what you mean about feeling as though you’re repeating yourself. Or maybe boring people to tears? Ah, but a writer writes – always. So, onward we go.

  30. Wow! And here I thought I was the only one who struggled with writing blogs that probably nobody ever reads! Christian, I also quit for a couple of months thinking it wasn’t worth it, but somehow God has shown me that if I keep going, He will open doors for me that I never thought possible. Thank you for hanging in there, and you may not realise it, but people like you are an inspiration to those of us who have just started out! Cheers!

  31. Auguri! I hope your next 5 years are just as productive and rewarding! I just had my 3rd ‘bloghiversary’ and I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. I have not attempted to monetize my blog-I only post 2-3 times a month-but I really enjoy it. I see you have published several ebooks-that is my next goal! Thanks for the inspiration, Cristina

  32. Brilliant! Thank you for inspiring me! It’s so easy to lose faith when you post something and nobody seems to notice but you’re absolutely right – you’ve just got it keep at it 😀

      • that’s inspiring. i’ve been writing for five years, in the closet for four of them. Now, for the past year, my family and friends are supportive – or indulgent, i guess, since they don’t tell me to go do something else, but they aren’t really helping much. no opinions, helpful suggestions or anything. I’m not sure if that’s better than have them telling me to get a real job and keep writing as a hobbie.

  33. This is insanely inspiring and I hope you don’t mind I make my own blog post (& share yours) inspired by yours! So glad I read this :)

  34. “…if you don’t expand your consciousness, you’ll run out of things to write”

    I think we should train and task our brains to see inspiration everyday but we also have to feed it by truely living life and living in the present.

    Thanks for this inspiring post

  35. Thank you for reiterating what I always knew – perseverance is the key. And have fun while going on and on :D Congratulations on completing 5 years – if I manage to reach out to half as many people by then (am less than 2 years on) I will consider myself a huge success!

  36. Very inspirational and motivational. I deleted my blog and made vow never to do it again but the writer in me made a go for it. Anand Bose from Kerala

  37. I can so relate to this. 🙂 Sometimes there are days I question myself as a writer. So many times I’ve wanted the people closest to me to appear more supporting and encouraging in regards to my writing. I’m supportive for them. But it isn’t about the big picture. I constantly try to tell myself. It’s about starting small. It takes time for a seed to grow. For seed to catch the eye of others, and it’s usually after it has bloomed.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  38. This post was so perfect! I have been reading a book about writing, and I decided that I would take the plunge and start a blog that I should have started three years ago when we moved from the US to Jakarta. I’m only 20 days into my goal of writing every day for a year, and it’s already been tough! Your right, it’s hard when you think no one is reading what you write. But I have to tell myself, in the end, this is for me! This is to make me a better writer; this is to help me cope with the transition of repatriating back to the US, to log my experience, to be my space. So thank you! Wonderful post and congrats on five years! I hope one day I will be echoing your words.

  39. Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s really good to hear that after such effort you have now built a blog that is having success and getting readers. By the way, your English is very good so don’t worry about it not being your first language.

  40. Congrats on sticking with it! My first two years were dismal as I learned how blogging works. Then we catch on and it starts getting more interactive. You are so right that it’s a lot of work and a lot of time!! Happy Blogging, Christian.

  41. I love this, and I love your scorn for rules. Also, I’d say there’s nothing obvious at all about English being your second language. I’d never have known if you hadn’t mentioned it.

  42. It’s been easy for me to give up; I’m a full-time mom and when the blogging thing didn’t take off (admittedly, I was nowhere near as patient as I should have been), I found all sorts of reasons to quit. But here I am again, because I guess that’s what us writers do. We can’t not write. What I need is for someone to remind me to press on no matter what, and you just did. So thanks.

  43. Wow, this really inspire me to blog more and more and never giving up. Right now, I don’t really get a lot of views for my blog and I have quit lots of time and start again and again. It is just I have no ideas what to blog about.
    Anyway, thank you for your encouragement. Never giving up.

  44. AWESOME AND CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    My favorite lines…
    “What I am trying to say is, you’ll be amazed at the things you can do if only you take the time to properly learn them.
    Most people, they get disappointed by the lack of results in the beginning and quit. No, no. Perseverance is key.”
    Amen!
    A timely word of encouragement I may add!
    Abundant blessings & Mon Congrats again…e

  45. This is so inspiring..Loved it so much.. 🙂 🙂
    Being a new blogger and trying to get readers I know how disappointing and frustrating it gets..
    But ur post filled up my fuel tank to max..
    Perseverance is the ultimate key for anything..:) 🙂

  46. This definitely motivated me to keep writing; I can definitely relate to the whole no one encouraging you thing. I’m sort of a black sheep in my family; I’m good at writing, or so I think, and the majority of my family members’ are more math and science oriented. They always tell me to just view this as a hobby rather than actually attempting to make it a career. This was just what I needed to read, I am going to blog daily now. You’re absolutely right about the fact that I shouldn’t care what others think, after all, it is my blog.

  47. A fabulous post Cristian, and you really are a natural when it comes to writing. With the talent that you have combined with your incredible determination I have little doubt that one day you’ll be in the ranks of the best-sellers. And that’s not phoney praise.

  48. “I know with absolute certainty one thing: that if you put in the time and the effort, you can become at least somewhat good at anything; anything at all.”

    The mentality of a truly successful person! Great read, especially for myself as a new blogger, there were many things that I needed to hear that came from this message. So thank you, for your encouragement, advice, and story.

  49. congratulation’s on keeping your self motivated, even when no one was reading your post. Those are the times when you will feel demotivated, Never be afraid of failure, because its the biggest stepping stone for success.

  50. I’m happy you found my little blog as I can now follow and enjoy yours! You are an excellent writer; I would have never known that English is not your first language.

  51. Wow, you really do have a fire in you! Don’t let it go out, your story, your blog, everything is so inspirational. I come here ever so often to lift my spirits because of my little blog, you know, I am pretty new. Here’s this guy: a non-native speaker of English, someone who’s been blogging for five years, loses motivation time to time, is an author, and I am like… he’s human. I’m human. We all make our mistakes, lose motivation, or work hard. Keep at it, your blog is amazing!

  52. This is one of those strange blogs where despite knowing these things, it still feels encouraging to read someone else talking about them. Still so much to learn about the human psyche.
    On the other hand, I don’t write it just for myself. I write it for the world, to make people ponder and think. I hope someday that people will start asking questions. That’s all I want I think, to encourage people to ask questions. I hope that will be enough!
    Thanks for your veteran blogging thoughts.

  53. A beautiful motto: anyone can be anything as long as there’s self-motivation. Human thoughts are powerful, good or bad. I’m glad you’re sharing yours.

  54. Thank you just started blogging and this took the edge off a bit. I loved reading this especially the part where you said no rules, just write…that’s it exactly it just write. Thank you, thank you!

  55. Wow! this is very inspirational and encouraging….I feel the same as you felt in the beginning of your career…Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by whats happening around my thats why my blog is like a place to put my thought and opinion in written form and also desire to know what people think regarding any issue I fancy to write about, Thats imply the name of my blog, (Opinion circle) I like writing even though I am a terrible speller and not good at it. But your post is very inspirational. I will just keep being persistent and who knows I believe, it will payed off in the future. In the mean time, writing is a away to keep me sane through it all.

  56. Your posts is really helping us to continue our journey aa a writer. I was tired by people not looking at my blog initially, I gave up for few months as i saw not hope. But I again gathered because I love writing. This blog of yours is again a motivation for me. Thank you very much . Always stay blessed . 🙂

  57. I just came across this, whilst I just finished a new post on my own blog and I’m so glad I did! Since I have recently started my blog from scratch this month due to enjoying writing, so I thought what better way to express my passion. But yes what you wrote, was so on point any new blogger will understand exactly what you mean and how you felt/feel, including bloggers who have been blogging for a long time. So I just want to say thank you for posting this, it was very intriguing and inspiring for me to read/know (least I’m not the only one, phew hehe) Keep up the great writing, bless you x

  58. Your post has come like a universal voice, like my higher consciousness or my fairies or angels or nature or whatever you wanna call it, is talking to me from somewhere. Thank you for this. Though I am fresh into motherhood at the moment (4 months), I shall dance on the spin of inspiration and embark on the adventurous ride you have advised! A humble thank you for liking and following my site and writing (Lightful Whispers)! Honoured and received with great gratitude!
    Wishing you all the best and above all love!
    Tania

  59. Pleased to meet you, and thanks for the inspiration. English is my second language as well, or maybe even my third, but people seem to like what I’m writing. I’ll keep pushing on too see where this is going, and meanwhile I’ll be stopping by here every once in a while;) Good post.

  60. My goodness. Not sure why I clicked over to your blog today. Past attempts met with some message that implied there wasn’t a blog behind your name. Now today I discover not only is there a blog behind your name but a very successful one!
    Congratulations on achieving blogging consistency over 5yrs. As someone who has just been blogging for about 18 months and who does not post daily, I’m mega impressed!

  61. YOU are amazing! A wonderful and inspirational example. Thank you for NOT giving up, not listening to all the “naysayers” in your life. As we say in Texas (although I’m living in Scotland at the moment), Keep on Truckin’!”

  62. Cristian…you have a way of framing things that just help others! This blog made me very emotional as it hit a spot in me that these challenges are normal. Perspective is everything isn’t it!!??

  63. Congrats on the anniversary! So true…blogging does feel like talking to yourself sometimes. But, as long as what you have to say is interesting, so what?

  64. Blogging is about community. I’ve noticed how much has changed in the blogosphere in the last 7 years. When I first started it was about people and having blogging buddies now I’me not so sure.

  65. Good for you for writing every day for such a long time, Cristian! That’s amazing. I also agree with you completely – you definitely have periods where you break up with inspiration, but must…keep…going. For what, I don’t yet have the answer! ; )

  66. This was really good, and I’m so glad I found this post. I started my blog just a few weeks ago and I’m working really hard to keep at it. There’s been plenty of times where I start a blog, but delete it because I think no one cares. But so far I’m really enjoying writing for myself. It feels good to write my thoughts and feelings out since there’s so many things I think about. Thanks again for this post. It’s inspiring! 😀

  67. This is a truly inspiring post.

    I recently gave up my job as a dentist to be a professional writer. It has been a revelatory experience since then.

    People will always tell you to give up on your dreams because they gave up on theirs, and your determination makes them feel guilty.

    Keep writing. Keep shining.

    You are not a scrawny Romanian kid who is deluding himself. You are a soul born to touch lives and inspire others to follow their dreams.

  68. Cristian, what an inspiriting journey you got there. Thank you for sharing! It’s extremely helpful in changing our fellow blogger’s mindset.
    My blog’s productivity was getting cold, I just went from struggling to make words meet to desiring to become more consistent and persevering on making contents! You did an awesome job with your site, thank you! Please, keep going!

  69. Excellent post I’m so happy to read about your journey and happy that you haven’t given up on your dreams! Looking forward to following you and reading more of your excellent content

    Sarah
    youareacanvas.com

  70. “Inspiration is going to break up with you at some point..If you don’t expand your consciousness, you’ll run out of things to write about.”
    I will take that advice and hold it very close to my heart & to my mind :). One of my greatest fears as a developing writer is running out things to say.

  71. Indeed!

    I needed this! Thank You! :)

    ” I just don’t give a damn if anyone likes my posts or not. I write what I want, when I want, as often as I want. This is my blog. My space. My blank page. And I can create anything I like and do anything I please. That is, after all, one of the reasons I became a writer in the first place. No boundaries other than the ones I choose to create.”

  72. This inspires me and gives me hope! I just pray cancer doesn’t get me first … five years is a long time. Kudos to you on a well-deserved milestone.

  73. Thank you for your inspirational post, Cristian. I think I really needed it because I gave up blogging last year but now with the inspiring people like you out there, it makes me want to continue writing my passion; even if it takes time and perseverance. Mulțumesc!

  74. Hi, Cristian. Well done! Well deserved and I wish you a lot of personal fulfillment and success going forward. By the way, I visited Romania once for five weeks professionally, stopping by a couple of major regions and cities. Beautiful country, and also needing persevering people like you!:-). All the best from a Swiss in Japan

  75. Well done you! I love your attitude. Writing something is no good if it doesn’t come from the heart, and you should only write to please yourself and not the rest of the world! I am inspired to carry on , with head held high.

  76. Hi Cristian!
    I love your writing style. I think it is wonderful that you have stuck with this blog for so many years through all the ups and downs. I could relate to you when you said that sometimes the inspiration just isn’t there, but you write anyway.
    I also like that you write regardless of what anyone thinks. Keep writing!!!
    Be Real. Be True. Be You!!!

    ❤ Alana

  77. To be sure, perseverance is a key part of life. It works best when we are doing the right thing, in the right way, and for the right reason.

  78. I blog for no other reason than I feel like it. When I started my humor blog just over ten years ago, I was very disciplined and dedicated. I posted every day….sometimes twice a day. It paid off. I developed a very large readership, very quickly, I even won several national awards….then I stopped blogging for a while. Why? I no longer needed the external validation. I once took about trn months off, then stopped again a year later. I still blog, but subject-wise, my topics are all over the place. Humor, politics, the human condition. It runs the gamut.
    My readership is hardly what it used to be….I don’t know why and I really don’t care while I still get followed and “liked”, I rarely ever get comments….not like I used to. That makes me think people don’t even read my work. It’s the Facebooking of the blohodohere. Other blogger just like other blogs somother blogs will like theirs in return, Little do they know that it’s in the comments where it really counts. Comments allow you to get to know your readers, well as much as comments allow and providing the cretins stay away and offer you constructive criticism, you can learn there too.
    Blog for no one but yourself and seek your own satisfaction in knowing you’ve written a great blog post. You need no one else to tell you it’s good. Or conversely, not your best effort. And don’t allow yourself to get OCD about your blog such as constantly checking it for an increase in stats, likes or comments. That’ll make you crazy? Trust me, I know.
    Write because it’s cathartic, a mental health outlet and a source of entertainment for yourself and others. Use discipline, keep writing, but your literary life won’t end if you take a short but much needed break. Your blog will,go nowhere.
    Look, it’s simple: Writing is a journey without rules or directions. No road maps, but its rife with long stretches of mindless driving, boredom, repetitive music, some compelling scenery, the need to stop for fuel, lunch at kitschy diners and the all important potty breaks.
    And t’s sometimes during those potty breaks where I get my best blogging inspirations.
    Best of luck,
    LK
    Texas

  79. As a blogger myself, this is an inspiring piece. I’m near my year mark for my blog and I am determined to keep going as well. Thanks for writing something such as this which can he a motivator for us who have just started.

  80. Thank you. We all need to read articles like this to remind us that it is not just about starting. It is also about the determination to go on when motivation and inspiration takes a short break.

  81. Thank you for the inspiring article. Yes, it’s easy to get disheartened when there are no comments. But your advice to keep on going is the in-thing to blogging. Anand Bose from Kerala

  82. What fantastic writing Christian! Very motivational. Your English is as fluid as a native speaker’s. English is my third language, so I can appreciate that. Blog on!

  83. I appreciate this! The advice I got was this is a marathon not a 100 yard dash. Stay the course. I love the art and hate the practice. Blogging has helped me come to a great compromise.

  84. Words of wisdom here. Morticia and I came to some of the same conclusions working on our youtube channel. That we keep doing it, because we enjoy doing it. I learned a few tricks of SEO and optimization, I learned about visual aspects and lighting and camera and various apps that improve the quality and the art of promotion, I learned a lot, but I never got disappointed because I knew I was doing it for myself. It would be too easy to veer of course, to place hopes in some winning strategies, so I applaud your determination and perseverance that keep you going. And can even relate to your language considerations, being a Russian kid myself:) A greatly inspiring post.
    Gomez,
    JekyllHydeClub

  85. I am not going to break up with inspiration, I am not!

    Thank you for this utterly inspiring post, I’m almost 18 months in (daily diary posts from 1990!) but can’t stop now. Thank you!

    • I love your confidence, Sir! :D May God be with you! I have followed you to stay up to date with your blog and to become a small part of your 5 year plan :D

  86. Keep up the good work!
    I started my blog because I enjoyed sharing motivational quotes and thoughts that inspired me, basically my personal motivational planner, not to generate a following or make a living at it. So if I never had any followers I was alright with that because I did it for me! However it evolved and I have made quite a few friends through my blog which is another reason I continue to do it.
    My only regret is that the more followers I get the harder it is to keep up with them, so I feel guilty when I can’t visit their sites and dialog with them as quickly as I would like. (Life was so much easier when I only had ten followers in my Blog Family)!
    So hang in there and do it for the love of it.

  87. Thank you very much for writing this blog post!!
    My best friend and I have a blog, and since she’s very busy, she doesn’t post very much. I was thinking of quitting blogging when I entered college, but now I believe that even if I post once a month, it will be better than to never post again.
    A peek into the writing life of a long-time blogger is refreshing and gives me the motivation to figuratively “grasp onto the rope of blogging”.
    Not to mention, I love your writing style.

  88. Great post congratulations on 5 years and not stopping. Found your post very inspiring, even after three years I get a bit jaded sometimes with the blogging side of things so I focus on the writing. It gets me through and I realise it’s all worth it – especially when I look at those early posts and see how much I have improved and changed as a person.

  89. I think anyone who can post every day for 5 years deserves respect for perseverance/effort. I don’t always post even once a month. I have to feel inspired to do it, and that feeling comes when it comes.

  90. I absolutely loved this post. It brought back so many memories of when I started blogging two years ago and the feelings I still have and get from doing it. I feel as though I write to myself all the time, no comments here either and when I do get them I get so excited because it’s so so so rare for me. But as you stated, this is your blog and you do and write what you want. I feel you as I just keep writing, I do get very discouraged but writing is a part of me and I love doing what I do, so I keep treading at it – it’s gotten to the point now; comments or no I still write. Thanks for this post, it really gave me a fresh wind to keep moving forward. Cheers to many more blogging years..

  91. Hey Cristian, I thought I’d come by and check out your blog, and as a new blogger I found this post encouraging. I hope everything goes well for you!

  92. I also started vlogging late last year and man, it’s tricky. I’m finding it takes forever to edit the video, although I am getting better at it.

  93. Wow… 242 comments! I enjoyed your post and what I liked most is that it felt like a real person writing and I like that. I remember when I first created my blog it seemed like nobody read my blog, but eventually, I got my own little audience and that was cool. That was back in 2005. Eventually, I did burn out because I got too obsessed with writing and ran out of things to say. I also write about what I feel strongly about and sometimes that led me to controversial writings. I had a family member retreat away from me because she read one of my posts. oh well. I just started writing again and I find the Daily Prompts so helpful to write at least a little something every day… if I can do it. So much is different here, at WordPress, too. My theme was discontinued and I had to find another one, but also I saw that a lot of things had dramatically changed and I hardly knew where I was… so another learning curve.

  94. Thanks for the inspiration to ‘just keep turning up to the page’. It is so hard to turn off the critical voices inside my head, but I know I just need to keep emptying my head of the words and striving to make more sense! 😉 Mel

  95. And there was me thinking I’d “made it” by getting 23 viewings from Down Under! Can I nick a couple of followers from you? I’m offering free ice cream in this hot weather! You won’t miss the odd 1 or 2, will you? Thank you very much for the inspiration. I’ll keep going.

  96. Wow, thank you so much for sharing the your journey as a writer and a blogger. I am novice blogger, just starting out, and I find much wisdom in your blog post. I think it is phenomenal that you started out your blog with simply a desire to write, and now you have progressed so far with a novel of your own and loyal readers of your own.

    Keep on writing and sharing your talents!

  97. What an inspiring article. You are right about giving up. Once you do, you lose. All things being equal. I have been blogging on and off for 14 years, but it was for money. I enjoy spending the money. Now, I started blogging a week ago to work through my grief of losing a child to suicide.

  98. Thank you for this. I needed a bit of a kick in the pants to get me going. I’ve been going on my blog for a couple months, but it’s just been going so slowly. It’s difficult to see how I can make it as a successful blogger. Definitely discouraging.

  99. Hey Christian,

    I can’t tell you how relevant this post is to me right now. I just quit my full-time corporate job and I’m about to dive head first into the world of entrepreneurship.

    Your comments about freedom being scary are already proving themselves true to me. But I can’t wait for this journey to unfold. And I’m excited to continue blogging every day, as you mentioned, to stay organized, inspired, and humble.

    Thanks for a great post. I followed your blog and I can’t wait to read more from you!

    Cheers,

    Dylan
    The Millenial Merchant

  100. What a beautiful post, and comes at just the right time in my life. I recently turned 40, and underwent a mid-life awakening, so to say. Chucked my job as a Media professional, and have taken to full-time writing now. Since more than two months now, have been writing a story a day. There are days when I feel I am writing only for myself, since nobody else seems to be reading it, or being even remotely interested in it. But then I tell myself, I AM writing for myself, and that is perfectly OK. Maybe I’ll start making money through my writing at some point in time, and maybe I won’t, but my writing, and my stories, will always be there for me, whenever I need them. So I just keep putting the stories out there, for the world, but more so, for myself.
    Cheerios, and keep writing.

  101. Just amazing!! You have done a really good job by posting this blog :D Thanks for the motivation! May God bless you :D

  102. I could’ve swore that I was following you. Imagine my surprise when I realized I wasn’t! Anyways, inspiring article. Keep doing what you do best. Excited to join your journey, even if it is a little late.

  103. Well done and do not quit. I look forward to keeping up with you. You said everything I feel, and said it so very well. Keep going, it’s important. Thank you, Lilie

  104. Thanks so much for sharing! This is a real inspiration for new bloggers starting out like me. Really just keep plugging and doing what you like, and the results, if they come eventually, are a bonus to whatever satisfaction you are already getting from blogging. :)

  105. I understand completely. I have the “Leave a Reply” box, too. I get a lot of oral comments locally and email, but people don’t take a minute to even say “great post” on the blog site. Thanks for letting us know that “I’m OK, You’re OK.” In other words, do, write, and be what makes you happy, and don’t give up. Thanks, Cristian!

  106. It is so true that Perseverance is key, and I admire your perseverance. I hope I could keep it going just like what you did. I love your line “I don’t consider myself to be naturally talented in any area of life, but I know with absolute certainty one thing: that if you put in the time and the effort, you can become at least somewhat good at anything; anything at all.” Thank you for such a great post!

  107. Your blog is quite similar to mines and I think you have given quite a clear and original insight of your comprehension about perseverance and hardwork. Keep it up bro!

  108. Congratulations on persevering! I often find it easy to jump in and start something, but don’t follow through to the end. Of all things in the world, writing it something I love with all my heart, so right now I have the attitude that you just spoke about in the article! Keep at it no matter what. Cheers to your perseverance!

  109. This is exactly what I needed to read. I just started my blog and I would love to have a lot of people reading, but I know it’s difficult to reach that many people. They way you say it really inspires me not only for my blogging! And keep going because I think you’re doing a great job!

  110. Wow this was really encouraging! I’ve had my blog for two years now and I’ve been posting on and off until recently when I decided to make a change. I’m getting a little progress here and there but ultimately, I’m doing this more for myself than anyone else. Thank you for posting this 🙂

  111. Wow, this was so encouraging to me! This has been my passion for, idk, forever, and I’ve started a couple of blogs in the past, which failed. I am committed to giving this one my all and it’s def not easy when you feel like everyone thinks you’re crazy and tells you to quit. I encourage you to keep at it, your words have definitely inspired me!

  112. Thanks for the encouraging words. I chose to blog to commit myself to writing every week. It makes me put together some words to practice and gives me a deadline each week. I’ve only taken off one week (when my son was visiting a couple years ago) and I find it makes me a better writer. I even got an article in the local paper and it paid more than expected. So thanks for giving hope to all us bloggers. In the beginning it was only to help me to clear my mind of all the ideas and get them organized to think them through. But the benefits continue to accrue. Best to you.

  113. Inspiration is everywhere, every day the news or something you see or hear can inspire you. Putting your views down?, Ahhhh, now there’s where inspiration needs to come out of hiding.. No-one takes notice of your stuff, well, so be it. doesn’t stop you from writing because after all firstly you write to satisfy yourself? Thanks ,nice blog.

  114. Love your work, mate. That’s exactly why I started writing as well. I work in communications and know exactly what I would need to do in order to make my blog a “success” – I simply don’t give a stuff about doing so. I write for me. If someone likes it, awesome! If not, whatever. Looking forward to reading more. ❤

  115. So much of the post above finds resonance in me (except I’ve not had the success to match yours, but then I’ve not been trying. I began my blog because . . . well, if nobody sees your writing it becomes just a personal journey. No problem with that, but there are some things we write that we want others to see. And for centuries, if not by publication, what could we do? When I began my blog I said, As long as at least other person reads it. And there has been times when that’s all it’s been. Yet, like you, I keep on blogging. I write what I want to write, what interests me. I post pictures ditto. Great, if another finds interest in them.
    And so, I thank you, not only for your inspiring posts, but also for the times you have been that one person.

  116. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, experiences and feelings so honestly and freely. It is good to know that a veteran blogger has felt exactly as us newbies do, and pushed through. I think those of us new to the blogging world see a blog such as yours and think “I will never get there!”. By your example and encouraging words, you show others that it is possible if the desire is there. Thank you for that! : )

  117. I just started blogging again last month. I’d been pretty dedicated (not every day dedicated) for about 4 years, but then I had two small children and was working full time and I just gave it up. I did work on a novel in between, but after I finished the first draft, I got lazy with it. But over the last month, I realized that I can’t be lazy about this. I’ve finished my third draft of my novel and have it off with friends for readings/comments and I started my blog back up. And I write every day. Even if only 10 people read it in a day, at least I’m writing. And while I hope disappointing some days to feel like I am writing only for myself, there are other days when I think, “who cares if only one other person reads this?” I’m writing. It’s what I need to do.

    Really enjoyed reading about your journey!

  118. Great Job – you have lots of views and followers! I am still surprised at how long it takes, it is quite time consuming but learning tons and having fun with it… and my blog/articles are on fitness and I’ve just gotten into it about 2 years ago – exercise that is – so it’s been keeping me fit. I find exercises and think ‘i’ll try that next workout’… :) and I’ve met a lot of people online – like you – that are very talented… I’m learning what works from others like you too!

  119. Great post! I’m a year and a half in and can relate to every point you make. It took me only about 50 years to realize that writing was my passion, my bliss. Strangely, it was also the first thing I tried (and quit) way back as a teenager.
    Thanks for all your inspiration and for reblogging offer.

  120. I quitted blogging so many times because I was always dissapointed with my view results. But now I’m committed because I’m finally realising that writing is more important for me than success. Very inspiring words from you so thank you for a little extra motivation for me.

  121. Wow, what a phenomenal post. Very inspirational and motivational. I just began my blogging journey and after reading this, I will continue to blog every day. You have a powerful voice and are using it. Thank you for sharing your voice with the world.

  122. Brilliant! Thanks for the shot in the arm. I’m coming up on a year of blogging in October, and it has taken time for people to find me, but slowly and surely they are. Also, by blogging, I am more inspired to write other pieces–poems, nonfiction/lit mag fare, and my next novel.

    What I really love that you said is this:
    “Success if failing over and over again. In fact, you only fail if you quit. …It’s that simple.”

    Perseverance is the key. Thanks for a great read! I’ll be following you…

  123. I am glad I came across your blog! It really inspired me, I just started few days ago blogging. Though I attempted to set up my site many times before, I finally decided last week to continue. :)

  124. GREAT! Enjoyed your post. I’m still learning myself…blogging is not something I had planned, but I do enjoy it.
    I’m glad you stuck with it enough to share your thoughts about it. Perseverance is a well-discussed topic in my classroom of 8th graders.

    Thanks!

  125. This is a good post. I think I read I think first about a week ago and since then have been publishing daily. It’s a great message to people just starting out and for longer term people.

    It’s crazy inspiring.

  126. Five years of consistent writing is an amazing achievement. I am a the one year point and my doubts are beginning to fall away and be replaced with determination. This post is a great encouragement to me, wishing you all the best for the next five years!

  127. Rule = Conformity. Blogging is about individuality, in style, content, presentation. Develop an idea, compose it, post it… let the audience find it. Conformity is about meeting someone else’s expectations. – Oscar

  128. Thank you for sharing this because I too have had so many blogs before this one and I felt myself getting discouraged again. I can only imagine where I would be if I would have kept up with the others.

  129. This is so inspiring, I started my blog as an avenue to express my true self,I was not sure how to go about it not that I am right now. But I’m learning post by post,people will mostly put you down and convince you that it’s all just a waste of time, and proving them wrong is where I draw my determination and inspiration from. so i’ll keep going no matter the response I get or don’t get, because I know just because it make sense to only me right now ,doesn’t mean it will never make sense to other people one day.

  130. After years of being too scared to write a blog in case of failure/embarrassment (the usual things that stop us) I finally started one. I read this blog post by accident and I’m so glad that I did. It was exactly what I needed to hear. We need to do things for ourselves and only ourselves, set challenges and keep to them not because of how it will look, but how it makes you feel. Thank you

  131. Really inspiring post. I love blogging and visiting other people’s blogs too. But it is a lot of work, and you have to really want to do it whether anyone is watching or reading or not. Thankfully I only ever wrote for me from the beginning, and if somebody else liked what I wrote that was a fantastic bonus. Now quite a few people have liked what I do, and for that I am incredibly grateful. But if nobody ever visited again, I would still do it and I would still love it. I really enjoyed reading your post about your blogging journey :)

  132. Great post. Just like yourself I have started endeavors such as blogging and posting videos on YouTube and have given up in previous attempts. Right now I am working on game development and building a site around that interest and adventure complete with blog posts. It’s a slow process but like you mentioned I am enjoying it for myself. Keep it up!

  133. We became friend on my first WP years back. A long hiatus and I just started writing again recently. Reading your posts and others encourage me to post my fictional works here. Thanks and let’s inspire each other!

  134. Know the feeling well. I frequently get disappointed that no one comments on my blogs, but how I see it, It still gives me a chance to write, even if no one comments or critiques, and as I love to write what I know, it’s a form of record keeping for me because life changes, drastically at times, and I love to look back at what I’ve written in the past and see how I’ve changed as a person.

  135. This really resonated with me and I’m sure it will with other people too!
    As soon as you stop doing it for the gratification of others and start doing it because it is something you love, it makes all the difference.
    I think this goes for many things in life :)

  136. I’ve been blogging since April this year and it’s been bloody hard, I want to succeed but sometimes it does feel like you’re talking to yourself. You are inspiring me to keep going despite all of that.

  137. You have the talent because you have persevered to develop it. “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 3:5)

  138. Hell yes. Fledgling blogger, me. Once a month at the most. I have maybe three “followers.” Don’t care, but …yes, I do…. this is the best advice EVER. Not new, but truth at the EXACT moment I needed to read it. Thanks….blog on.

  139. This was very inspiring and just in time for me on so many levels. Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s easier to quit and to give up then to fail, pull yourself back up, and try again. I can’t wait to read your book as I know it’ll help me. Once again, thank you and Best of Wishes in your future and may all your dreams come to fulfillment.

  140. Thank you for the encouraging words! I started this blog in 2010. I wrote one or two posts. Then this last summer the fires in Montana inspired me to restart this blog. I have made nearly daily posts, like you, about whatever is on my mind. I want to be able to go back and see where I was, what was happening. I will stay with it, your words of encouragement and ideas are a huge help.

  141. Thank you for the encouraging words! I have been blogging on and off since 2011 when I quit my job of 11 years and decided to construct our huge greenhouse with a friend – what a chore that was. LOL! Since then I have received so many questions pertaining to our natural farm life and my own life trials that I have started a 2nd blog. Maybe soon a 3rd? I like to keep them to their topics and I have so many things I love to do. Thank you for letting me know it is all normal.

  142. 100% agree with you ! I am glad I came upon this cause I have been blogging and then stopping and then again restarting . This time am determined because as you said I am writing what I feel strongly about and that’s what matters the most .

  143. I am in love with writing. I am in love with how one can express their thoughts through little characters joined together to form a word. I felt like I needed to get my material out there because if I saw it, thought of it or felt it, there’s a chance that someone else did too, right?
    Lately, I’ve come across people asking if my blog is doing well. I’ve got views here and there but almost next to nothing so I started to think maybe my content isn’t that good and maybe I should stop writing so this post is truly appreciated. It set my mind on the real purpose of my blogging.
    Good luck! Looking forward to more great content from you!

  144. Cristian,
    As a fellow daily blogger (since 2009) I know what you mean. It is work, but for me it is also therapeutic. I sort Photos when i need distraction and write in small sections, joining it all up to make a final post. I don’t write for others, I write for me, if anyone else wants to join for the ride They are most welkome.
    I have a lot of silent followers, They visit every day but don’t like or comment. Thats fine too. Be happy with your space, your blog, your thoughts and instinct. Keep writing!

  145. This was such a great read!
    There was one part that gave me chills and I started reading faster lol
    You wrote “If you don’t expand your consciousness, you’ll run out of things to write about.”
    THANK YOU IS HOW I WILL END THIS!

  146. “I remember when I started making YouTube videos last year. You know, I used to watch a lot of videos, and I thought it wouldn’t be that difficult. I was so, so wrong. You end up acting differently in front of a camera than you imagine inside your head. The same goes for writing, for blogging, for almost anything worth doing in life.”

    I just recorded my second video blog today and I’m so self-conscious and so nervous to start and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that your blog popped into my email box today of all days. Thank you for writing this. I’m excited to have discovered your blog and can’t wait to read more :)

  147. It’s been only a year since I began posting on my best friend’s and my shared blog, yet it feels like it’s been forever. Since I’m going to be entering college soon, I probably will have less time for blogging, and even now, I’m getting writer’s block on a regular basis.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to keep on blogging despite my busy schedule?
    Thanks! =)

    • Well, my advice is to blog despite your busy schedule. If you want to, you’ll find the time to do it. If not, you’ll find lots of reasons not to. It’s all a matter of priorities. You can find half an hour to write a blog post. On your phone, on your computer, scribble something down on a piece of paper. You can write anywhere you want, basically.

  148. This blog was such an encouragement to me! I am new to blogging, and I’ve been wondering if it’s something that I should keep doing, but I’ve decided to keep being persistent.

  149. I think that once you really get started blogging you never really want to stop. I have found that to be true for me. There is always some topic out there that I need to share with the public.

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